The Writers’ Guide is an essential handbook to aspiring writers who not only wish to acquire writing skills but are desirous of succeeding at the craft too. Based on the author’s own personal experiences right from when, as a young and inexperienced writer, she started to write, to the present day when she is an acknowledged successful author of international repute, the book is full of practical information an useful tips on different topics and step by step instructions on how to overcome obstacles on the way to becoming a published writer.
This guide particularly targets African writers who are likely to face the same challenges the author faced as an upcoming writer and on how to overcome them. It provides comprehensive useful information on the following topics: Writing Techniques, Plots, Settings, Dialogue, Style, Publishing and Marketing, Writers’ Associations, Residences, Writers Grants, Fellowships, and Literary Prizes for African Writers.
Its 2004 Port Harcourt at the height of the kidnap of oil workers in the Niger delta, a kidnapping goes awry and four lives are reconnected. Doye (aka Doughboy) the career militant responsible for crime. Amaibi the gentle university professor/eco-warrior accused. Kaniye the lawyer turned restaurateur who tries to get him off and Tubo an amoral oil company executive. Against a back drop of corrupt practices, failed systems and injustice, these four friends tell the story of oil in a region and its effects on local communities and the Nigerian larger society.
Chimeka Garricks, in his extra ordinary debut novel, has written a frank and moving story about the realities of contemporary Nigeria. The evil long term effects of military rule resulting in the fragmentation and break down of moral values. His story paints a realistic picture of the very high price corruption exacts own a society and how no one is immune from its consequences.